Yogita Yoga Community Event: Movie Night

SAT October 29, 5-7 pm: Yoga History and Philosophy You may have been practicing yoga for a while and may find yourself asking all those questions: “Where did yoga come from? What are its roots? What does it do? And who are the influences that shaped what yoga is today?” or you are just curious […]

The Yamas and Niyamas in a Nutshell

The Yamas and Niyamas are the first two parts of Patanjali’s yoga of 8-limbs.   The ‘Yamas’ are principles to develop disciplines that helps us interact mindfully with the outside world: 1)     Ahimsa: non-harming, including ourselves; developing a sensitivity to all living beings 2)     Satya: truthfulness; being honest but not hurtful with your words 3)     […]

Yoga as a Philosophy and Practice

“Yoga is at once a philosophy and a practice.  As a philosophy, yoga is the voice of the sages telling us clearly who we are, where we come from, and where we are going.  As a practice, yoga is a technique developed by the sages to help us awaken our dormant abilities, to strengthen our […]

An Introduction to Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras

The 156 verses of the Yoga Sutras, written or compiled by the Sage Patanjali around 200 years BCE, create a sophisticated map of mind and consciousness. The sutras consist of four chapters or padas. The English word “suture” is related to the Sanskrit word “sutra” and highlights the concept that the verses were strung together […]

The 8 Limbs of Yoga

In order to still and observe the mind, Patanjali (the ‘father of yoga’) presents a system called Ashtanga Yoga, or the Eight-Limbed Yoga.  These limbs represent the essential aspects of the Yoga system. The first two limbs that Patanjali begins with are the fundamental ethical precepts called Yamas and Niyamas.  The attitude we have toward […]

What is ‘Yoga’?

Yoga is an ancient art that comes from India; the name translates as creating union. This concept of creating union is expressed in the philosophical perspective that our lives are an energetic combination of body, mind and spirit.  The physical action of the yoga poses serve to challenge the practitioner to create balance, strength and […]